Posted by kseeversThese turn out much like the Starbucks Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins that they have this time of year. I have played around with lots of different ingredients and had many different taste testers to help me out. I think I have one that comes pretty close. INGREDIENTS 3 cups flour 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp nutmeg 1 tsp ground cloves 4 tsp pumpkin pie spice Pinch of cardamom (optional) 1 tsp salt 1 tsp soda 4 eggs 2 cups sugar 2 cups cooked or canned pumpkin 1 ¼ cups vegetable oil 8 oz package cream cheese Chopped nuts* (walnuts, pecans) (optional) DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350. Mix ingredients together except cream cheese and nuts. Fill muffin tins (greased or paper cups) half full. Put 1-2 tsp cream cheese in the middle, pressing down. Sprinkle with 1 tsp chopped nuts. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean from the muffin part (do not touch the cream cheese!). Let cool in pans for 5 minutes, then remove to racks to cool completely. Do not touch the cream cheese until it cools, as it is very very hot. Makes 24 muffins. *Starbucks uses chopped pumpkin seeds, which are very good if you can find them. I like walnuts, but any kind of nuts work well.
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